28 June 2016
The Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki says the decision by the Attorney-General of the Federation to try him and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu in court over alleged forgery was a clear violation of the democratic principle of separation of powers.
He said is a statement issued in Abuja that the court trial was also in persecution of the leadership of the Senate.
It said the Executive arm of government had been hijacked by powers outside of the presidency.
“What has become clear is that there is now a government within the government of President Buhari who have seized the apparatus of Executive powers to pursue their nefarious agenda,” it stated.
In reaction, the Presidency promptly through a statement signed by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
It stated that the Senate President’s accusation might have had more truth to it “if he had proceeded to identify those who constitute the ‘government within the government’; it would have taken the issue beyond the realm of fiction and mere conjecture.”
It added that “the Attorney-General of the Federation is the Chief Law Officer of the state. It is within his constitutional powers to determine who has infringed upon the law, and who has not.
“To claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is anybody’s stooge is not only ridiculous, but also preposterous. It is not in the character of our president,” it stressed.
Saraki, who was granted bail by an Abuja court on Monday alongside his deputy and two other accused persons, said he would gladly be a guest in a jail house if he actually committed the forgery offence for which the quartet was charged.
The forgery case accuses Saraki of forging and illegally altering the Senate’s Standing Rules used in electing leaders and inaugurating the upper legislative chamber on June 9, 2015.
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